Gender in Play

mm114The issue of gender stereotyping in play has been prominent in the media recently, and discussed more and more in the childcare sector. In 2014, Care and Learning Alliance chose the topic for their AGM and conference – ‘The Gender Agenda’.

We’ve gathered together a list of links on the subject, including articles, blog posts and videos.

Care and Learning Alliance

Keeping the Gender Agenda alive!

The Gender Agenda Pinterest board


Giving boys iPads could help encourage them to read moreMail Online

Tesco ‘gifts for boys’ sign removed after girl’s complaintBBC News

Ladybird drops gender-specific children’s book titlesBBC News

Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years laterThe Independent

Don’t restrict children with gender-specific ideasThe Telegraph

Gender-specific children’s books ‘are easier to sell’ insists children’s publisherThe Independent

Girls can be anything when they grow up – until they start playing with BarbieThe Guardian

Gender equality: empowered women raise healthier childrenThe Guardian

Horizon: Is Your Brain Male or Female?, BBC Two review: ‘thought-provoking’The Telegraph

Target will stop separating toys and bedding into girls’ and boys’ sectionsThe Washington Post

Toys aimed at girls ‘steering women away from science careers’The Guardian

Girls can be pirates tooThe Guardian

Blog posts

5 things I learned about raising boys (so far)Washington Post

Let’s end pink-ification: must the ‘girls’ aisle be full of sexist toys and clothes?The Guardian

Why do marketers get to decide what toys are right for our children?The Guardian

Why boys should read girl

Don’t call my daughter a tomboyThe Huffington Post


Always #LikeAGirl

Emma Watson’s UN speech on gender equality – He for She campaign